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Philippines may soon make smoking warnings graphic

MANILA--A Philippine legislative committee has approved a bill compelling cigarette manufacturers to print illustrations of smoking hazards on cigarette packs to curb smoking in a country where tens of thousands die yearly from tobacco-related diseases.

The committee with both senators and congressmen passed the bill on Tuesday directing the Department of Health to issue 12 templates of pictures and illustrations that warn about the dangers of smoking.

The full Senate and House of Representatives will formally pass the bill before it is signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III.

The illustrations, which could include pictures of cancerous lungs and throats, will occupy half of the front and back panels of a cigarette pack. The current warning contains only words saying that smoking is dangerous.

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